Pregnancy and Heart Disease for the Consulting Physician

  • Priscilla Givens
  • Gladys Velarde


As more women are becoming pregnant at an older age, cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the pregnant patient is becoming more common. When evaluating the management strategy of pregnant patients with CVD, it is critical to consider the morbidity and mortality of both the mother and the fetus. Knowledge of normal hemodynamic changes and their effects on the physical exam of the pregnant patient is important for accurate and effective management of these patients. With a rise in the incidence of heart disease in the pregnant population, it is important to utilize a team approach to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery for both mother and fetus.


Pregnancy Cardiovascular disease Preeclampsia Eclampsia Peripartum cardiomyopathy Risk factors Congenital heart disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Priscilla Givens
    • 1
  • Gladys Velarde
    • 2
  1. 1.North Florida Regional Medical CenterGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cardiology, Department of MedicineUF Health JacksonvilleJacksonvilleUSA

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